He didn’t want to testify at his long-awaited trial, but James “Whitey” Bulger is now talking.
In letters written since his trial last month, the notorious gangster continues to defend himself, says he’s preparing for an appeal, and romanticizes about his long-term relationship with Catherine Greig, who is serving an eight-year prison sentence for helping him stay on the run for 16 years.
“If I met Catherine at a younger age I would have had a better life. She was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Bulger wrote. “My 16 years on the run were the happiest years of my life and hers.”
The media website Radar Online published the letters, which it said it obtained exclusively. One of his lawyers, Hank Brennan, would only say that Bulger has written multiple letters and continues to state his side of the case. The recipient of all the Radar Online letters was not known, though one was addressed to Eric Morrison.
Bulger, who turned 84 this week, was convicted just over three weeks ago in a sweeping racketeering indictment of running a criminal enterprise that brought terror upon the city for decades through murder, extortion, drug dealing, loan sharking, and gambling.
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